Three of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ nine wins inside the Octagon have been the result of a strike-based stoppage. However, none in the bunch have involved a clean knockout, each instead coming after the affected individual absorbed enough damage to merit a referee intervening.
When Jones defends his title against Rashad Evans this weekend at UFC 145 he’s hoping to change that trend by rendering his rival into a puddle of goo on the canvas with one well-placed, powerful shot. It’s a goal “Bones” believes he can achieve based in part on possessing the pure ability to do so but also due to the delicate nature of Evans’ jaw.
“I definitely feel as though I’m hitting harder, and I’m excited. I wobbled “Rampage” (Quinton Jackson) a little bit when I hit him, and I wobbled Lyoto Machida when I hit him, and I think out of all those guys, Rashad has the weakest chin. I think he has the weakest chin of anyone I’ve fought since 2010, and I think I’m going to exploit that,” said Jones in an interview with MMAFighting.
The padding on Evans’ off-switch isn’t the only thing Jones views as being weak when it comes to his former teammate. In fact, Jones isn’t necessarily worried about Evans’ wrestling either given Evans’ past inability to finish opponents off. More than half of the Ultimate Fighter winner’s triumphs have come by way of decision.
“I’m not afraid of Rashad’s ground game. If anything, he should be afraid of mine,” explained Jones. “When I take people down, they open up. There’s blood. My elbows, I’m realizing, they do work. Rashad doesn’t do anything but kill the clock.”
Fans can see if Jones lives up to his word when the two tussle on PPV when the broadcast starts Saturday night at 10:00 PM EST.
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